New Push Would Help Educate Farmers On Saving The HoneyBees
A major endeavor is under way to educate soybean farmers about helping save honeybees. The Honey Bee Health Coalition this month unveiled a management plan for growers. Adam Dolezal, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, did the research for the report. He says several factors have led to massive bee die-offs, including pesticide use and loss of habitat. Recommendations for farmers include spraying fields at night when bees are least active, avoiding applying pestcides during bloom time, and determining where hives are located around the farm. Nearly 2 million acres of soybeans are planted each year in Michigan and contribute 1-point-5 billion dollars to the state’s economy each year.
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